Here’s a great-tasting recipe for spare ribs in which the ribs are rubbed with a mixture of spices and dried herbs and are then slow cooked for nine or ten hours. Barbecue sauce is added to the ribs during the final hour of cooking time. You can use your own homemade sauce or your favorite supermarket brand.

Here’s what you need:

  • A 5-quart slow cooker
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 lbs. pork spare ribs
  • 3 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 ½ to 2 cups of your favorite barbecue sauce (I prefer a brand that isn’t too heavily spiced so that it doesn’t overpower the flavor of the rub.)

Here’s what to do:

  • Rub the inside of the slow cooker with the olive oil.
  • In a small bowl, combine the dried minced onion, dried parsley, dried oregano, ground mustard, red pepper flakes, cumin, and garlic powder. Mix well. Generously rub this mixture onto the ribs.
  • Layer the ribs in the slow cooker; then gently pour the water over the ribs.
  • Cover the slow cooker and cook on the low heat setting for 8 to 9 hours.
  • After the cooking time has elapsed, remove the ribs from the crock pot and drain and discard the liquid from the pot.
  • Pour about ½ of a cup of the barbecue sauce into the slow cooker and the remaining 1 to 1 ½ cups into a shallow bowl. Dip the ribs into the sauce in the bowl; then return the ribs to the slow cooker. (If there is any remaining barbecue sauce left in the bowl after all of the ribs have been dipped, pour it into the crock pot.)
  • Cover the slow cooker and cook on the low heat setting for about 1 hour.

This is one of my favorite barbecued ribs recipes. I hope you like it.